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Thread: Prewashing Fabric- What to do with edges?

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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    Maybe this is just me because I am new, but I pre-washed some fabric last week and it came out of the dryer with edges that were falling apart.

    Does this happen to you? What do you do about it?

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    Do you mean unraveling?
    You can use pinking shears or a pinking blade on your rotary cutter.
    Some members serge the edges.
    Some clip each corner of the fabric to minimize the fraying.
    Some wash smaller pieces in lingerie bags

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    I do a zigzag stitch as close to the edge as I can get. Prevents the tangled mess some! I've thought about picking up some pinking shears as well.

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    When I prewash I take a pair of scissors with me when I take the fabric out of the washer and cut all the strings off then.

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    I also zig zag stitch the edges. I tried pinking shears, but still got a mess. So I sew and it comes out fine. A little time spent in prep saves so much in aggravation later.

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    I just sew a straight line as close as I can to the edge. I still get the occasional strings, but cut them off before I put it in the dryer.

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    A serger is perfect for this very thing. Just serge across cut edges and no raveling in washer or dryer. If you don't have a serger cutting a small triangle off at the corners helps a lot. If I'm washing small pieces I also use a lingere bag.

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    Clipping the corner a bit really works! I don't understand why it works, but it does. I forget sometimes though and end up with strings.

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    I don't normally wash my fabrics, quilt makers are a bit divided on this topic. Here is an article I wrote on the subject that may be useful.
    http://www.stitchingcow.com/about/us...uilting-fabric
    If you do decide to wash, use a gentle cycle and place in a pillow slip or washing bag. This will also help.
    Warmly Lenna

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Clipping the corner a bit really works! I don't understand why it works, but it does. I forget sometimes though and end up with strings.
    I don't usually wash my fabrics but when I do this works.

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